Paris Peace Conference, 1919
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The ability to prevent war through disarmament was for Cecil, next to the development of the League of Nations, the most pressing task for the international community. As far as Cecil was concerned, only when disarmament had been achieved could the Allies justifiably call themselves the victorious powers: 'If we can carry it out, we have practically won the victory. A wider international agreement would, in all likelihood, only be possible once each of the signatory powers to a disarmament convention had found a means of satisfying those interest groups. Chamberlain's decision to place Cecil in charge of presenting British views on disarmament to the international arena was timely. In the short to medium term, a programme of disarmament would also save the Treasury significant sums of money in defence expenditure. Disarmament was an international issue and so required the creation of a multi-national committee, under the aegis of the League of Nations, to examine it.